Productivity Hub

About the Hub

The Productivity Hub is a partnership of agencies which aims to improve how policy can contribute to the productivity performance of the New Zealand economy and the wellbeing of New Zealanders. The Hub will achieve this by:

  • Connecting people – establishing a vibrant community for people across academia, public, private and voluntary sectors with an interest in productivity research to make the best use of knowledge and research;
  • Shaping research agendas – creating opportunities to collaborate on research work programmes to improve their quality and efficiency. Identifying a number of key productivity-related research areas and facilitating work across agencies will reduce duplication and help agencies make the best use of scarce resources. This includes how current and future work is prioritised, coordinated and funded. NB: The Hub’s research agenda does not replace the core work undertaken by each agency; and
  • Sharing research – providing a platform where research, data and analysis can be exchanged; for example, through events and by creating a storehouse for research (analysis, evidence and data).

The Hub Board is made up of representatives from the Productivity Commission, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Statistics New Zealand and the Treasury. Several other agencies and non-government groups are active in the partnership. To find out more and to join the Hub community please contact the Hub secretariat at

The Forward Looking Agenda for Research

The Forward Looking Agenda for Research (FLARE), developed by the Productivity Hub, aims to better understand the drivers of our productivity performance and what policies would turn this around. For more information about the FLARE, see A research agenda for lifting productivity (article in Policy Quarterly magazine, May 2014).

Understanding how New Zealand firms operate is important to shed light on how productivity varies across firms and sectors, who are the star performers and what has contributed to their success. FLARE builds on previous work in this area and makes further use of the Statistics New Zealand Longitudinal Business Database, which provides a uniquely detailed view of the behaviour and performance of New Zealand’s firms across a range of topics.

The current research streams are:


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To contact the Secretariat:

Productivity Hub GEN website